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    Lavrov, Kerry Exchange Views on Syrian Ceasefire Implementation

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    Russian Foreign Ministry said that Sergei Lavrov and John Kerry exchanged their views on implementation of ceasefire in Syria and confirmed importance of close military coordination.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US State Secretary John Kerry exchanged their views on implementation of ceasefire in Syria and confirmed importance of close military coordination, Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

    On February 22, Russia and the United States reached an agreement on the ceasefire in Syria. According to the Moscow and Washington’s joint statement, the ceasefire was to take effect on February 27 and excluded the terrorist groups Islamic State (Daesh) and the Nusra Front (both outlawed in Russia).

    "The interlocutors have exchanged their estimates of the implementation of the ceasefire in Syria, confirming the importance of close military coordination between our countries as co-chairs of the International Syria Support Group," the statement published on the ministry's Facebook account said Sunday.

    The statement added that unconfirmed provocative information on Syria ceasefire violations must not appear in media.

    Syria has been mired in civil war since 2011, with forces loyal to President Bashar Assad fighting against a number of opposition factions and extremist groups. The international community, including Russia and the United States, has been making efforts to settle the crisis.

    The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution endorsing the Russia-US agreement on the cessation of hostilities in Syria on Friday, shortly before the ceasefire came into force.


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    • Beady-eyed Insomniac
      Some media control and the aim to look tight - good move if intending to keep Turkey and Saudi dogs from pulling on the leash.
    • Jet fuel can't melt steel beams
      Lavrov wants the ceasefire to be respected while kerry wish the opposite! These are the respective views here.
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      I wouldn't make a good diplomat. I'd tell Kerry that he knows exactly what he's doing that's wrong. He's not 3 years old anymore.
    • Is it because I am black?
      "The statement added that unconfirmed provocative information on Syria ceasefire violations must not appear in media."

      Let us not confuse the poor mass media consumer with real politics, let us serve him pre-cooked lies!
    • Is it because I am black?in reply toBeady-eyed Insomniac(Show commentHide comment)
      Beady-eyed Insomniac, but then these Turks and Saudis may still intervene against terrorists, or what they hold to be such!

      Wait a couple of days or at most weeks, the agreement will be a goner!
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      False Kerry. Stop saying lies, cool ghost Rothschildian representing servant!
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      Realistically, the "international community" is only Russia who has written the cease fire agreement and laid it out to the rest of the world. The U.S. is only agreeing at the moment because they're busy formulating their "Plan B" and this gives them a chance to regroup. The ONLY agenda these war mongers are working towards is taking out Assad and proceeding with business as usual: dominance of the middle eastern oil. Washington is just a haven for lying psychopaths, and I'm certain Russia knows the same thing. They're always 5 steps ahead of anything the immoral neocons can come up with.
    • v76in reply tojas(Show commentHide comment)
      jas, same.... I would call bullshit out everytime, how Lavrov can maintain such posture and poise is quite amazing.
    • dan sheppard
      Lavrov is a very remarkable man to be able to tolerate the childishness of Kerry, and the corruption that follows him internationally.
    • choticastilein reply toJet fuel can't melt steel beams(Show commentHide comment)
      Jet fuel can't melt steel beams, Yes Russian party committed -- the US a mindless thug.
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